The Sad State of Star Wars

May 19, 2005 at 1:25 AM | Movies | No Comments

I’m not sure what is going on with Star Wars recently. They’ve cheapened the whole thing by doing all these spin-off product endorsements… like you’ve seen Darth Vader all up in those Burger King commercials and those M&M commercials, etc. It’s like, you can’t even take the guy seriously anymore. And he used to be so scary. Used to give me nightmares n shit. Now he’s just there for comic relief. Like “oh, it’s Darth Vader, something funny’s about to happen in this ad, just watch.”

And while we are on the subject, I might as well talk about this too. Ever since Episode I came out, I’ve always been suspicious that Lucas is full of shit. No actually, I take that back… I’ve been suspicious of him ever since I seen The Empire Strikes Back. Like, he makes all these connections n shit and says that he planned it all along but I see right through that shit, I’m like “nunh uh, no you didn’t, lying bastard.” It’s especially bad in Episode I and II. I’m guessing it’s going to be pretty bad in III as well, seeing how he’s got so much to cover. An excellent example of Lucas’s web of lies is how he throws Chewbacca in the mix. What in the world is Chewbacca doing in Episode III? I mean… does he have some role outside of being Han Solo’s co-pilot/sidekick? Is Lucas going to give some backstory to ‘ol Chewie? Is that even Chewbacca in Episode III, or is that just some random wookie? Should be interesting to find out what’s going on with that one.

I have all these questions and no answers. I dunno, I guess I’ll have to find out tomorrow. It’s already too late for this now, but I wasn’t about to hit up the midnight show with all the Star Wars freaks. You know, the ones that dress up as Star Wars characters and camp out at the theatre. And don’t even say that the Star Wars freaks aren’t out tonight, because they are. I assure you, they are.

The Heat!

April 18, 2005 at 10:34 AM | Concerts, Food, Movies, Site/Personal | No Comments

Back from a weekend in Lawrence/KC. Somehow in all the shit going down, we missed the business hours of Uptown Theater by almost 2 hours. So now it’s going to cost just a bit more to get those Faint/Bright Eyes tickets, but oh well, I still think it’s worth it. I saw the movie Sin City… I thought it was alright. Then we hung out with my cousin and some of his friends, ate some food.

I came back to the house and nobody was home… I went upstairs and my god, the heat! It was so hot upstairs (or was it the relative humidity?), it was almost unbearable. I switched on my fan, but that only provided temporary relief in a thin zone in the room. I left it on for pretty much the rest of the night, hoping that the air circulation would somehow dissipate some of that heat. I dunno, it was still pretty hot. Is it that time of year already? I don’t think I got enough of that in-between spring temperatures that I like so much. As if that weren’t enough to be concerned with, I’ve got so much food in the fridge that I dunno if I can finish it before it goes bad… I was gone this weekend, and I’ll be gone once again Tuesday and Wednesday. I think I’d better not have that Gumby’s that I usually have every Monday.

Update: I called up Uptown on Monday morning and they were sold out of tickets. Looks like we won’t be going to that show after all. Also, I did have that Gumby’s pizza, even despite my food situation.

Moses, The Badass

March 25, 2005 at 9:52 PM | Movies | No Comments

My favorite scene from Charlton Heston’s movie The Ten Commandments is the scene towards the beginning where Moses has been wandering through the desert for whatever reason, on the brink of death, when he stumbles upon some girls gathered around a well. Some guys start to bully the girls around, so Moses jumps in, beats all the bad guys up and draws himself a bucket of water and proceeds to quench his thirst.

Of Geology, Hunger, and Napoleon Dynamite

February 25, 2005 at 12:09 PM | Food, KSU, Movies | No Comments

"This one tastes like the cow got into an onion patch"I have it. Undeniable proof that there is indeed a correlation between the subject of Geology and hunger! I thought I was onto something two years ago when I was taking GEOL100 – Earth In Action. It was an early class at 9:30 AM, not unlike the geology class that I am currently taking: GEOL125 – Natural Disasters. Back then, I used to get sooo hungry during GEOL100. Like, not just your average “boy I wish I had a snack” hungry; this was all out stomache-wrenching, tummy-growling “I’m about to pass out from not eating anything in weeeeeks” hungry. I never understood it. At first, I thought it was just a fluke. Perhaps I had eaten a small dinner the night before? But it happened every single class period. It started getting out of hand. I had to eat some sort of breakfast item before class just so that my stomache wouldn’t make sounds. I certainly couldn’t eat in class… it’s not a terribly large lecture hall and the stadium style seating gives the professor a perfect view of the entire room. I thought it might have been how boring the class was that was getting to me. But I’ve been in far more boring classes than GEOL100 and they never affected my metabolism like this. The most peculiar thing about it was this: on days that I didn’t have the class, I would not feel the same kind of hunger. And this includes times that I would wake up before or way after 9:30. I’ve had plent of other 9:30 classes before, none of which had the same effects on me. So it’s definently not a time-of-day issue. It certainly wasn’t how much I ate the night before. It wasn’t even related to my relative interest in the course. The only factor that I could imagine it being was something inherent with the geology itself that makes me hungry. I could not explain it, but I knew what I had to do to remedy it before class. On the days that I would forget, boy did I regret it.

No class since that one has had the same effect. That is, except GEOL125 this semester. The class is even in a different room… different building, in fact. So I can’t blame the location as having a part to play in my hunger. The common denominator here is once again Geology. There. Scientific proof that Geology makes me hungry.

And I guess now would be an appropriate time to mention the Napoleon Dynamite-esque actions that this class has provoked from me. Due to the forementioned hunger that Geology naturally makes me experience, I considered bringing some food to eat during class. The layout of the seats and size of the room (the huge lecture hall in Umberger) lends itself more readily to eating something in class than Thompson 101. Acoustically, however, it is very difficult to get away with it. The room is super quiet. The only sound that you really hear is coming from the professor speaking. Any sound that you make somehow has a way of projecting itself clearly to the rest of the room. Plus, apparently, there’s some sort of no food or drink policy in that lecture hall.

Of course, I did not know this when I brought a fruit snack bar to class one day, knowing of the hunger/Geology correlation, which I no longer considered a theory. Crinkling plastic wrappers are loud enough as they are already… but in that room, it was killer. So there I was in class, all unwrapping my furit snack bar all careful like, in slow motion. I broke off pieces from the bar, slowly raising them to my mouth so as not to call attention to myself. It those had been some tator tots instead of fruit snack bar pieces and coming from my cargo pant pocket, it would’ve been straight out of Napoleon Dynamite.

The other thing about GEOL125 is this: the exams are entirely multiple choice (48 of them… why 48??) and the questions feel incredibly trivia-like. They (for exam 1 anyways) were mostly about obscure details of several notable earthquakes in history. So there I was taking the practice exam, and the information on some of the questions was so obscure that anybody’s guess is just as good as mine. I would take a guess, check the answer key and if it was right, I was like “yessssssss.” Because it felt like a million bucks when I guessed correctly. Again just like Napoleon. Only he was tasting samples of milk and naming their defects…

Constructive Weekend

November 8, 2004 at 1:04 AM | Movies, Site/Personal | No Comments

Not a whole lot to say… lot of chilling n shit this weekend. If nothing else, at least I exposed two new people to Pootie Tang this weekend. That’s a major accomplishment and thus, a constructive weekend.

Fox Force Five

July 4, 2004 at 2:42 AM | Good Times, Movies, Wichita | No Comments

Well I’m down in Wichita for the weekend. We usually have a big 4th of July barbecue every year so I’m looking forward to that. Food + family + friends + fun + fireworks. That’s how they go. Also, I’m going out to Lake Afton to shoot my brother’s guns. So uh… add “firearms” to that list. Oh yeah, and then today I saw Spider-Man 2. Not sure how I can add that to the list… except maybe “fucking awesome movie.” Yeah, that’s how I’ll do it, cuz it was hot ya heard.

The Passion of The Christ

February 28, 2004 at 2:13 PM | Movies, Wichita | No Comments

Well I’m sure you’ve heard about the woman in Wichita who died while watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ… It’s tragic, yes; I was planning on watching the movie later on but after something wild like that, I feel like I owe it to myself to check this movie out. It seemed like it was gonna be interesting enough to watch already but I didn’t feel the need to rush out there to watch it right away, as so many people have done this week. Is that so wrong? “Ah worrd? Some lady died? Better check this ish out then.”

Ramen Noodles

February 25, 2004 at 10:46 PM | Food, KSU, Movies | No Comments

I think college has made me hate ramen noodles. Cuz before when I’d have it like once every 2 weeks n shit, I was a big fan of it. I dunno what happened. For me, not eating ramen is one of my major motivations to get out and cook real food. I say “real” cuz I think those ramen noodles are like 25% plastic or something like that. Bleah. And what’s up with the pictures on the packages? They’ve made it out to be so fantastically colorful and tasty looking but in reality, I’d be lucky if there was a hot dog or maybe a frozen gyoza to throw in there. I spose any more effort and it’d be a waste really. Anyways, the same thing goes for any kind of instant, microwave prepared meals… I can’t stand that shit. Be moving to Europe (or Canada) n shit, buying some fresh food down at a market everyday of the week ya heard. Buy me some fruit, bread, a large piece of meat… maybe a catfish. Are Europeans big on catfish? Hmmm…

And also, I would like to take this opportunity to once again express my dislike of the movie Lost in Translation.

LOTR: Return of the King

December 27, 2003 at 4:35 AM | Movies | No Comments

Well, I seen the last LOTR today, Return of the King, and it was fantastic. I managed to watch the first 2 again earlier this week and man that’s a lot of movie-watching… I am burnt the fuggout on LOTR even though it was all good. Well I’m glad it’s over now.

Oh yeah, and Joe, you’d better clean up that mess on Canfield’s porch! That is all. Time to PTFO…

Disappointment

December 22, 2003 at 3:10 AM | Movies, Site/Personal | No Comments

Oh woe is me: RLC is now engaged to some guy who plays John Jameson in Spider-Man 2. You’ve seen the trailer for it… see how stunned/hurt ol Peter Parker looks in that one scene with that fool Jameson with Mary Jane? Yea, that about describes it right there.


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